Two vets spent nearly all day on Friday literally bringing the poor, cold badger cub back from near death. From an undetectable heartbeat and non-readable temperature, after two hours, the little cub began to show some signs of recovery. By mid-afternoon, we dared to hope that she was a little more stable with her temperature now only one degree below normal and a steady pulse.
Suddenly, though, a short while later, she suffered a serious fit and had to be sedated, but, once more, rallied, showing signs of stabilising by midnight, when she appeared to be much more quiet and peaceful. With the drip still attached, we left her to sleep, checking in on her every hour throughout the night and, by 8am the next morning, she was showing signs of movement and consciousness. But, at 08.27, her breathing became erratic and she died shortly afterwards – needless to say we were totally distraught.
We will always give every effort to every patient, but sometimes it’s as if it’s just not meant to be.
We mourn every loss, but, as always, such instances make us even more determined to do all we can to redress the balance. There will be an ever-increasing amount of patients who will need the dedicated care of wildlife hospitals and we will make sure that we are spending 24 hours a day doing our best.